Volkswagen China announced today through its official Weibo that it will launch an electric vehicle platform for the entry-level market within three years.
According to reports, the new platform is derived from the group’s MEB platform and aims to further explore market segments in China. As Volkswagen’s largest R&D center outside its German headquarters, Volkswagen (China) Technology Co., Ltd. will focus on the research and development of intelligent connected vehicles, and is committed to using efficient product development processes and applying cutting-edge technologies. It claims to be able to transform automobiles and parts products into The time to market is shortened to 30%.
Starting from 2026, Volkswagen China will use this platform as the basis to develop pure electric models “tailored” specifically for the needs of Chinese customers. Compared with the Volkswagen Group’s previous platform development cycle, its development cycle can be shortened by about 1/3. .
Volkswagen China also stated that it will pursue “comprehensive localization” in both development and procurement, using battery, electric drive and motor solutions targeted at the Chinese market. Through the cooperation with Xpeng Motors, the group’s product portfolio in China has been expanded to the heavy-duty vehicle market, and the product lineup will be further expanded to the entry-level market in the future.
According to previous reports, during the Munich Auto Show in September this year, Volkswagen announced plans to shorten the development cycle of new cars from 54 months to 36 months to keep up with the faster development speed of Chinese competitors.
The upcoming Volkswagen ID.2 is one of three pilot models that will use a shorter 36-month development cycle, Volkswagen technical chief Kai Grunitz said at the Munich auto show. The first design sketches of the car were completed in December, and Volkswagen hopes to have it on the market by the end of 2025. “We can see from Chinese competitors that this is possible,” Grunitz said. “We have specific ideas on how to do this.”